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Labour pledges to put more police in the community
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Labour pledges to put more police in the community

Labour is pledging to put more police in communities and “take back our town centres from thugs and thieves”. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper repeated the party’s promise of 13,000 officers and community support officers working in neighbourhoods in England and Wales. The pledge involves hiring 3,000 new officers and 4,000 PCSOs. The rest of...

Tax online giants to help kids’ mental health, say Lib Dems
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Tax online giants to help kids’ mental health, say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have said they would increase taxes on social media giants and companies like Amazon and Google to fund mental health professionals for all England’s state schools, if they win the general election. The new workforce would be paid for by tripling the amount such companies pay in what is known as the...

Jeremy Corbyn starts bid to be elected as an independent London MP
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Jeremy Corbyn starts bid to be elected as an independent London MP

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched his campaign to contest the Islington North seat – against the party he led from 2015 to 2020. He will stand as an independent candidate in the general election on 4 July. Mr Corbyn has represented the north London constituency since 1983, but was blocked from standing for...

Labour suspends MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle over complaint
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Labour suspends MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle over complaint

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has been suspended by the Labour Party over a complaint about his behaviour. The MP for Brighton Kemptown has been told by the party he will not be eligible to be a candidate at 4 July’s election. He told BBC South East he believes it is a “vexatious and politically motivated...

Rishi Sunak tells Chris Mason: Yes, I am changing minds
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Rishi Sunak tells Chris Mason: Yes, I am changing minds

The PM told the BBC’s political editor he was “thoroughly enjoying” himself meeting voters in the election campaign. Rishi Sunak was asked if he was changing people’s minds and he claimed he was. Speaking in Devon, he added there would not be a bigger plan in the campaign as the Conservative policy for national service....

Not true Abbott barred from standing for Labour – Starmer
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Not true Abbott barred from standing for Labour – Starmer

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said Diane Abbott was not barred from standing. It comes hours after the veteran MP texted a BBC reporter to say she had been banned from standing for Labour. Ms Abbott was suspended last year for saying Jewish, Irish and Traveller people do not face racism “all their lives”....

Government lifts ban on new incinerators
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Government lifts ban on new incinerators

A temporary ban on new waste-burning incinerators in England has been lifted. An order which prevented the Environment Agency from issuing permits to new plants expired on 24 May. The BBC has been told that no further order has been issued. It paves the way for new incinerators, including one in Environment Secretary Steve Barclay’s...

Junior doctors call five-day strike before election
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Junior doctors call five-day strike before election

Junior doctors in England are to stage a five-day strike in the lead up to the election in their long-running pay dispute with the government. Members of the British Medical Association will walkout from 07:00 BST on 27 June. The union has asked for a 35% pay rise to make up for what it says...